Here is my first update on my Orlando trip! This post is all photos from day 1 at Islands of Adventure. We got up super early to get there, which was nice because it didn't get crowded until after 1. If you ever plan on going to visit… I recommend you do the same. Not waiting in long lines was fantastic, and it was a lot easier to take pictures of things!
Arrival at Islands of Adventure right when it opened!! This was my first time visiting the park ever! Same for Jonathan and Emma… but Chris had been there before. I was a leeetle excited to say the least 😉
Everyone ready to enter – Chris pretending to be cranky because I made them stop for a photo. 😉
Two of the first parks we see entering – Jurassic Park and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! I was so super pumped because those are two of my favorite things… and I could squish them both into a photo!
We had to go through Seuss landing to get to the Harry Potter section… You can see how empty the park was at this point – it was really nice!
Arrival! Emma was so excited she teared up at seeing this. I had a similar reaction, but not until I saw Zonko's and Honeydukes… I just couldn't believe how realistic everything was.
A peak into Hogsmeade! I took a ridiculous amount of pictures and video, but I decided not to put too much online because I didn't want to spoil the experience for anyone else. (I had purposely avoided looking at much stuff about the park online so it would all be surprise, not sure if any of my readers are doing the same…)
Chris and I in front of Hogsmeade!
Emma and I geeking out ❤
One of the many pictures I took inside Honeydukes… I wanted to take all these cute bottles home with me!
Pygmy puffs in Zonko's! One of the guys in the store kept telling me to buy one, that the pygmy puffs liked my hair. 😛 They were really in character! Another person working in the park heard me say that the fake snow was so realistic with it being overcast, and she said "What fake snow??!"… hahaha!
The Owl Post!!
A peek in the window there. All the shop fronts were amazing – so much attention to detail!
Emma and I trying out Butterbeer and Pumpkin Juice. We traded off so we could taste both drinks without spending too much money. I really liked both – I think Butterbeer had the best taste, and Pumpkin Juice had the best container.
We then rode the three rides there, and Chris took a video of one! You can see a lot of the park in it. We also ate at the Three Broomsticks, which was deliiicious! I really enjoyed this park a lot and probably could have stayed there all day.
Next up – Jurassic Park!! I've been dying to go to this park for years, but unfortunately it is a little outdated now and in need of some love. 😦 It was still really neat to see the visitor's center recreated and a few dinosaurs! I think they used to have more though… I heard a lot of stuff has been taken out over the years and some things were changed to fit in the Harry Potter park.
At the Visitor's Center replica, or what they are calling the "Discovery Center".
It looks just like the real thing inside!! They had an area where we watched a Velociraptor be "born", and computers where you could pretend to xray eggs and use your DNA to make a Dinosaur based on yourself… here is my result:
It has my eyes – so creepy!!!
Oh no, a T-Rex!! 😉
No pictures of Marvel's area… other than a mailbox I took while waiting for the boys to get off a ride. I wasn't too impressed with that park at all actually – for some reason none of the people dressed as characters were out, and there was hardly anyone there. It probably was a little built up in my head too since my friends have told me about it for years saying how much I'd like it… but it just reminded me of Six Flag's DC area except more cheesy. Hmmm… A nice point was there weren't any lines since there were hardly any visitors there! However, a lot of the rides were really jerky and hurt, or were outdated… I think if there were more people there excited, or the characters were there it would have enhanced the experience and made it a little better. The Storm ride was fun though – it was just like the teacups at Disney!
At the end of the day, we made our way back to Suess Landing to ride the carousel. It was SO cute!! I couldn't sit properly on the ride due to my skirt, and in Chris's video you can hear them saying something on the intercom about it. 😡
"Please sit correctly on your character!" Chris is so bad…
Emma and Jonathan!
A very very very tired me. It had been a long day!
Later that night we got Chinese food at a local restaurant, and on Chris's plate was this fancy flower decoration… We were trying to figure out if it was edible:
Emma tested it and said yes, but it was nasty!! Go figure. 🙂 It was some sort of vegetable garnish.
The last thing I did that day was drink some pumpkin juice, watch movies with everyone and open up my chocolate frog I bought. Inside they actually had a Wizard trading card hologram!! I got Godric Gryffindor 🙂
Just one pic the night before we went to the park – I got a Keroppi watch at McDonald's and tweeted a pic! This was also probably the last day my hair looked nice on the trip – the humidity paired with the cold was a beast!
You can view the rest of my photos here!
Disney and NASA posts coming in a few days!!